Emma Ljung

Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program
AB Adviser
304 New South

I am a classical archaeologist by training (PhD Princeton University 2012) and split my time between the Princeton Writing Program and the Santa Susana Archaeological Project in Portugal. Originally I am from Sweden, the southernmost part of the country that until 1658 belonged to Denmark: my accent bears the linguistic echoes of that heritage. As an archaeologist, I am a bit of an omnivore. For example, my field work makes use of drones to study post-depositional processes in the Roman landscape, my dissertation relied heavily on numismatics to understand how an ancient economy responded to exogenous shock, and my writing seminars focus on applications in cultural resource management. Most things are genuinely interesting to me and it will not surprise you that my favorite question is “how?” But I’m not only curious about how the ancient Greeks and Romans did things, but also how the way we do things informs our understanding and thus shapes the conclusions we draw. In the Princeton Writing Program, many of my courses think about how we constantly reinvent the past by studying its tangible and intangible remains. When I don’t think about the past in general or the Roman world in particular, I read, write, run, ride dressage, and quarrel with the deer in my garden over who gets to eat the basil.